Saint Lawrence was commanded by the Roman Prefect Decius to reveal the treasures of the Church. He assembled the poor of Rome instead, and showed them to the Prefect. Later he was put to death.

The painting is from a series showing the life of Saint Lawrence, of which five other paintings (of a probable total of eight) still exist. They were probably made for a church in Cologne.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active late 15th/early 16th century
Full title
Saint Lawrence showing the Prefect the Treasures of the Church
Date made
about 1510
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
130.2 x 92.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Sir Henry Howorth, through The Art Fund, in memory of Lady Howorth, 1922.
Inventory number
NG3665
Location in Gallery